2014 Sustainability Symposium

Sustainability Symposium September 19, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
AVAYA Auditorium, POB 2.302

The President’s Sustainability Steering Committee at The University of Texas at Austin will host a full day symposium dedicated to highlighting the scholarly and practical sustainability efforts of the university community. The symposium itself is an effort to share best practices and academic findings in hopes of discovering new opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

Sustainability Symposium Agenda

Subject/Presentation Title Presenters Affiliation
8:30 a.m. Breakfast Tacos and Coffee (food will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis)
8:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
President's Sustainability Steering Committee Report Dr. Patricia Clubb Vice President, University Operations
Introduction to Presenters Jim Walker Director of Sustainability
9:00 a.m. Session I
Climate Change, Drought, and the Energy-Water Nexus
Dr. Michael Webber, Moderator Cockrell School of Engineering
Financing Conservation Projects under Texas' New Water Infrastructure Bank Jeremy Brown School of Law
Towards a Climate Resilient Austin: The Health Implications of Climate Change on the Most Vulnerable Communities in Austin Marc Coudert School of Architecture
Polymeric Membranes for Water Purification and Energy Generation Applications Jovan Kamcev Cockrell School of Engineering
Sustainability for Everyone: Microbial Fuel Cells and Green Design Ross McBee, Yousef Okasheh College of Natural Sciences
10:00 a.m. Session II
UT in the City: Waller Creek, the Campus Landscape Plan, and Dell Medical School
Dr. Allan Shearer, Moderator School of Architecture
The Importance of Mixed Use Larry Speck School of Architecture
Transplanting Mature Trees at Dell Medical School Jim Carse Facilities Services
UTBiome: Students Mapping the Campus Environment Juan Pedro Maestre Cockrell School of Engineering
Tracing the Evolution of Water Quality in Waller Creek on the UT-Austin Campus Emma Heitmann Environmental Science Institute
11:00 a.m. Session III
Bridging Academics and Operations: Campus as a Living Laboratory
Dr. Steve Kraal, Moderator Campus Planning and Facilities Management
Benefit-Cost Analysis of Reduced Ventilation in a University Laboratory Building Josh Aldred Cockrell School of Engineering
Grow. Serve. Learn. Hunter Mangrum Division of Housing and Food Services
Texas CityLab and the UT Campus Sarah Wu and Katherine Lieberknecht Center for Sustainable Development
Auditing the UT Austin Green Fee Program Karen Blaney Office of Sustainability
12:00 p.m. Keynote Address Dr. Gregory Fenves Provost
12:30 p.m. Lunch and Poster Session
Posters will be displayed during lunch in the POB Connector Lobby and food will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Zero Waste Initiatives at Texas Athletics Lauren Lichterman UT Athletics
GF Involvement in Oocyte Maturation in Zebrafish Meagan Aguirre College of Natural Sciences
Cellulose Degrading Microflora: A Recombinant Approach To Sustainabilty Yousef Okasheh College of Natural Sciences
UT Solar Charging StationsSolar Beth Ferguson College of Fine Arts
1:15 p.m. Session IV
Best of Research and Initiatives
Kristen Cetin & Collin Roland, Moderators Cockrell School of Engineering; Jackson School of Geosciences
Edible Insects: UT and Texas’ future role in sustainable agriculture Ross Bullington College of Communication
Green Events: Engaging Students in Sustainability through On-Campus Event Planning Emily Mixon College of Liberal Arts
Behavior Based Programs at UT Austin: A Case for Longhorn Lights Out Stephanie Perrone Energy and Water Conservation Program
University of Texas at Austin: Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Carbon Risk Assessment & Strategies for Mitigation Megan Shannon Community and Regional Planning
2:20 p.m. Session V
Ecological Economics, Green Infrastructure, and the Value of Sustainability
Melinda Taylor, Moderator School of Law
SITES: Investigating the Value of Sustainable Land Design and Development Jonathan Garner Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Hoax of Sustainability Alan McKendree School of Nursing
Organic Energy: A Typology of Biogas Systems in Germany and Sweden Steve Richter Community and Regional Planning
Emissions and Exposure Costs of Electric and Conventional Vehicles Matthew Reiter Cockrell School of Engineering
3:15 p.m. Wrap Up
3:30 p.m. Adjourn